How well does your human resources decision making reflect an equity mindset?
This practice explores how your leadership team recruits, retains, and promotes staff—including staff members of color—with strong equity commitments, understanding, and skills. It also looks equity-based staff placements, such as matching the most skilled teachers or principals with the students who have greatest need.
1. Download and print the following worksheet which provides a paper activity that collects your responses and guides your next steps.
2. With your team, move thoughtfully through each entry on the rubric for this practice.
3. After reflection, discussion, and reaching consensus on each entry, choose the practice (listed on the rubric) that best represents the current state of practice in your school system or building ("where you are now").
4. next, write down your "evidence," by naming a few items that support your reasoning for the current state of practice you selected. (You don’t need to create a long list or add details.)
If your current state of practice needs work, this activity will help you identify the barriers that are hindering progress. If your status quo is proficient or exemplary, this activity will help you reflect on how you arrived there and may suggest best practices from your previous experience that will help you move toward equity in other areas.